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‘Educating Mad Persons‘

Storyline

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‘Prologue @The Drifters@
Men and women come carrying six trunks. They are travelers. At one point, the women become puppets. Men: Maidens and puppets and prostitutes are basically just one thing.

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‘Scene 1@The Doctor Said
The men don black clothes and become puppeteers. The women - who have become puppets - begin to act out the tale of a family: "Among us, there is one mad person in this family".

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‘Scene 2@Introduction
"Cross-eyed, lying Grandfather", "Cat maniac Grandmother", "Father, who stammers and fears facing others", "Big sister Mayu, who likes men and believes 'Life is only a one-act puppet play'", and "Big brother Takashi, who has captured a butterfly", are introduced by the heroine of this tale, "Little, polio-afflicted sister Ran". Although they all have their peculiarities, they make a very fine family.@

‘Scene 3@Secret Talk
Grandfather proposes to Grandmother; "We could secretly kill the mad one to save the name and honor of the family."

‘Scene 4@Life is Only a One

‘Scene 5@The Definition of Madness
Ran reads from the World Encyclopedia. "Insanity, or Schizophrenia. This illness is caused most often by genealogical factors. Statistics prove that when one parent has obvious schizophrenia, this illness is twenty times more likely to occur than in normal members of society. The risk is doubled in cases of one's children's cousins."

‘Scene 6@Help Yourself

‘Scene 7@Family Dinner
The family eats dinner while Ran dozes. They are being driven apart by the doctor's pronouncement. Mayu breaks a theatrical taboo: "This is ridiculous. If we just ask the puppeteers, then we'll soon find out who the mad one is."

‘Scene 8@Papa's Dream
Papa dreams while Berlioz's Symphony "Fantastique" plays. In his dream, "Brother" tells him "If you don't want to be considered mad, 'imitate the others'".

‘Scene 9@Search the Mad One in the Darkness
Takashi is pressured by Grandfather, "It's okay if it's nonsense, let's just choose the mad one and kill it".

‘Scene 10@Search the Mad One in the Darkness
A drunken Grandmother decides that Mayu, who mocked her paper cats, is the mad one. Ran objects; "Big Sister Mayu is a good person" to which Grandmother retorts, "There are many good, mad people".

‘Scene 11@Conversation with Puppets and Puppeteers
Breaking the play's construction, Mayu asks the puppeteers who the mad one is. "We too are just following the stage directions" answer the puppeteers. Even the playwright too, influenced by world events, is re-writing the script, so really no one knows what will happen next.

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‘Scene 12@Who is the Mad One?

‘Scene 13@Breakfast@
Grandfather declares "The mad one must be the one who does something totally different from everyone else. We have to find the foreign element and cut its neck with this axe". Then the family , each fearing that they will be the one whose actions stick out, begin to imitate each other's behavior. The family begins to standardize themselves, and as they conform, their personalities are killed.

‘Scene 14@Going My Way
Ran: "My family are such nice, wonderful people. But they have lost their own voices. But, I dare do exactly what I want to. When I want to eat grapes, I eat grapes. When I want to read a tale of pirates, I read one. I don't care if someone calls me "the mad one". I want to sing a song of my own."

‘Scene 15@Sacrifice
In response to Ran, who can't join the 'Battle of the Imitators', and shouts "What has happened to all of you!?", the family, possessed by madness, declares "The mad one is you!!". As if being manipulated by something, they attack Ran, moving as one grotesque mass. Ran's head goes flying.
Thus, the 'Tale of a Family' reaches a conclusion.

‘Epilogue@New Departure@
Red blood flows from Ran's butchered body, proof that she was alive. From the spilled blood of not a puppet, but from what was a human being, once more a new drama begins.